The second weekend of this month, the Orange Park Methodist Church put on one fantastic event! They invited the community to take a step back in time to see what life might have been like in Bethlehem when Christ was born.
You came in through the city gates past the rather scary looking soldiers.
On entering the city our family was “counted” and we paid our “taxes” (which really was a voluntary donation to their charity fund).
Then we wondered the streets of Bethlehem. Getting a taste of fresh bread,
watching the blacksmiths work,
seeing the livestock, including a baby goat that was born only the night before,
learning how to build from the carpenter and even giving it a try,
and walking into the market to see what foods were sold there.
And last we came upon the stable where Mary and Joseph and this adorable chubby little Baby Jesus spent the night.
The kids love it so much and I think it really was an experience they will remember and will help them understand what life might have been like back then.